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DNR Report: May 27

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Conservation Officer Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked boating and fishing activity during the week. Fishing is improving in the area as water temperatures warm up. Wildfire danger is still high in the area and caution should be used while burning, making sure your campfire is completely extinguished before leaving.

A complaint of litter was investigated and enforcement action was taken for licensing violations.

CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked at the Academy most of the week. Time was also spent checking anglers and boating activity.

CO Sean Williams (Ely 1) reports he assisted the U.S. Forest Service after he was contacted about a large group on Basswood Lake with a campsite full of federal and state violations. After several hours of travel, he and other local law enforcement officers contacted the group and a total of five citations were issued. After the contact, the leader of the group told officers he was sorry for the way they had acted and that he realized they were guests in the BWCA.

CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) did a patrol in the BWCA, checked anglers and boat and water safety equipment. An ATV patrol was also done into remote designated trout lakes.

CO Mary Manning (Hovland) spent most of the week helping teach handgun skills at the DNR Academy at Camp Ripley.

The officer handled a call about a dog chasing deer and took reports of an abandoned vehicle on DNR land as well as contractor and beaver damage to a couple of forest roads.

CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked predominantly sport fishing enforcement in and out of the BWCA. Time was also spent on a septic land application issue. Enforcement action was taken for fishing without a license, extra line, unmeasurable northern on special regulations lake, using illegal smelt for bait and littering.

CO Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) worked the spring fish run along the North Shore during the week. He reports the rivers are still taking decent runs of fish, water levels have dropped, and rain is needed. Olson fielded several questions and comments on the new northern pike regulations for northeastern Minnesota, checked shore anglers on the lakes north of Duluth with many having success on the walleyes still in the shallower waters.

Olson also fielded complaints of illegal equipment used for smelting along Park Point and worked ATV and fire enforcement inland.

CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked anglers on Lake Superior and the St. Louis River. Special regulation sections of the synopsis are worth a read this time of year; several people were found in violation of special regulations on the river. Superior is putting out some salmon and lake trout on the surface, along with a rare brown trout.

Work was completed on Academy training regarding watercraft operation. Enforcement action was taken for angling and boating violations.

Editor's note: Some conservation officers don't submit reports every week.

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